Watch Andy and Lana Wachowski, Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh and More Discuss Filmmaking in SIDE BY SIDE Outtakes

     August 7, 2012


One of the most heated debates raging on in the filmmaking world is that of film vs. digital, or more specifically the threat of film becoming history in the shadow of an increasingly digital world.  Keanu Reeves took it upon himself to explore this issue in a documentary called Side by Side, and he rounded up some of the most influential filmmakers working today like James Cameron, David Fincher, George Lucas, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Steven Soderbergh, and many more to discuss the topic at length.

Side by Side hits VOD on August 22nd and will be available in select theaters starting August 17th, and today a few “outtake” videos from the film have been released.  It’s ridiculously fascinating stuff, and after the jump you’ll find Andy and Lana Wachowki, Wally Pfister, Michael Chapman, Martin Scorsese and Steven Soderbergh talking about everything from creating performances in the editing room to Christopher Nolan’s low-tech filmmaking process.  Hit the jump to take a look.


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  • D. McHugh

    Sodergergh is right. An artist’s job is to keep expanding the craft, keep moving forward. I’m surprised this debate is even going on. Those trying to keep film alive sound like those who said we didn’t dialogue in talking pictures. Imagine if we were still watching silent films today?! It has to move forward. It seems we have a new cell phone from Apple every six months, so it seems unbelievable that we produce movies the exact same way we did almost 90 years ago. That’s crazy. It’s also strange that we’ve made TV’s with crystal clear resolution but yet still prefer the graininess and blur of film in the cinema. Lastly, I feel that those trying to keep film alive are afraid. They know that once everything goes digital, Hollywood will not have the power anymore. Literally anyone will be able to make a film and have it screened anywhere. We’ve got 15-year-olds who are experts at editing and putting amazing stuff up on YouTube. The genie will be out of the bottle and Hollywood won’t have a monopoly on film production anymore because the technology will have changed and digital film making is much, much cheaper.

  • Tim

    The problem with film is that it costs too much for the independent filmmaker. That is what is killing it. The people trying to save it obviously have a ton of money to be able to afford it.

    To paraphrase what I heard somewhere. To get the best out of film you need the best camera with the best lenses, with the best processing and the best telecine. That costs SERIOUS dough.

    With digital you just need a camera and a pretty good lens and you’re done.

    I love film, especially medium format (6×4.5, 6×7). That’s all I shoot in photography. I can afford it for photography, but even now it’s starting to get expensive. I don’t know really what else to say.

  • Lance

    The debate is going on because film is awesome and digital has drawbacks that the marketers and tech companies don’t want you to know, and pretend don’t exist. How often did we hear 1080p was just like film? That Attack Of The Clones was shot at resolutions making it just like film?

    Then the numbers to get to “film resolution” keep going up as the technology gets better. 1K, now 4K, and up and up. We’re being played. Same thing is going on with 3D – it’s being pushed on us by people who want to sell expensive tech, even though for the most part people would be just fine without it.

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